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sift

 (sĭft)
v. sift·ed, sift·ing, sifts
v.tr.
1. To put (flour, for example) through a sieve in order to separate the fine from the coarse particles.
2. To distinguish as if separating with a sieve: sifted the candidates for the job.
3. To apply by scattering through a sieve: sift sugar on a dessert.
4. To examine and sort carefully: sift the evidence.
v.intr.
1. To make use of a sieve.
2. To pass through a sieve: a meal that sifts easily.
3. To make a careful examination: sifted through back issues of the magazine.

[Middle English siften, from Old English siftan.]

sift′er n.

sift

(sɪft)
vb
1. (tr) to sieve (sand, flour, etc) in order to remove the coarser particles
2. to scatter (something) over a surface through a sieve
3. (tr) to separate with or as if with a sieve; distinguish between
4. (tr) to examine minutely: to sift evidence.
5. (intr) to move as if through a sieve
[Old English siftan; related to Middle Low German siften to sift, Dutch ziften; see sieve]
ˈsifter n

sift

(sɪft)

v.t.
1. to separate and retain the coarse parts of (flour, ashes, etc.) with a sieve.
2. to scatter by means of a sieve: to sift sugar onto a cake.
3. to separate by or as if by a sieve.
4. to examine closely: The detectives are sifting the evidence.
v.i.
5. to sift something.
6. to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.
[before 900; Old English siftan akin to sieve]
sift′er, n.

sift


Past participle: sifted
Gerund: sifting

Imperative
sift
sift
Present
I sift
you sift
he/she/it sifts
we sift
you sift
they sift
Preterite
I sifted
you sifted
he/she/it sifted
we sifted
you sifted
they sifted
Present Continuous
I am sifting
you are sifting
he/she/it is sifting
we are sifting
you are sifting
they are sifting
Present Perfect
I have sifted
you have sifted
he/she/it has sifted
we have sifted
you have sifted
they have sifted
Past Continuous
I was sifting
you were sifting
he/she/it was sifting
we were sifting
you were sifting
they were sifting
Past Perfect
I had sifted
you had sifted
he/she/it had sifted
we had sifted
you had sifted
they had sifted
Future
I will sift
you will sift
he/she/it will sift
we will sift
you will sift
they will sift
Future Perfect
I will have sifted
you will have sifted
he/she/it will have sifted
we will have sifted
you will have sifted
they will have sifted
Future Continuous
I will be sifting
you will be sifting
he/she/it will be sifting
we will be sifting
you will be sifting
they will be sifting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sifting
you have been sifting
he/she/it has been sifting
we have been sifting
you have been sifting
they have been sifting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sifting
you will have been sifting
he/she/it will have been sifting
we will have been sifting
you will have been sifting
they will have been sifting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sifting
you had been sifting
he/she/it had been sifting
we had been sifting
you had been sifting
they had been sifting
Conditional
I would sift
you would sift
he/she/it would sift
we would sift
you would sift
they would sift
Past Conditional
I would have sifted
you would have sifted
he/she/it would have sifted
we would have sifted
you would have sifted
they would have sifted

sift

To remove lumps from or thoroughly mix ingredients by passing them through a sieve.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sift - move as if through a sieve; "The soldiers sifted through the woods"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
2.sift - separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
separate - divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff"
rice - sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice; "rice the potatoes"
resift - sift anew
riddle, screen - separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
winnow, fan - separate the chaff from by using air currents; "She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field"
3.sift - check and sort carefully; "sift the information"
analyse, analyze, examine, study, canvass, canvas - consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"
4.sift - distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job candidates"
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

sift

verb
1. part, filter, strain, separate, pan, bolt, riddle, sieve Sift the flour and baking powder into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
2. examine, investigate, go through, research, screen, probe, analyse, work over, pore over, scrutinize He has sifted the evidence and summarised it clearly.

sift

verb
To set apart (one kind or type) from others:
Translations
يَفْحَص بِعِنايَهيُنَخِّل، يُغَرْبِل
prošetřitprosít
sigte
seuloasiivilöidätutkia
grannskoîasigta
išsijoti
izanalizētizpētītizsijātsijāt
presejati
dikkatle incelemekelekten geçirmekelemek

sift

[sɪft]
A. VT [+ flour, soil] → cerner, tamizar
B. VI to sift through (fig) → examinar cuidadosamente

sift

[ˈsɪft] vt
[+ flour, icing sugar, sand] → tamiser
[+ evidence] → passer au crible
sift through
vt fus [+ evidence, data] → passer au crible

sift

vt
(lit)sieben; coalschütteln; sift the sugar onto the cakeden Kuchen mit Zucker besieben
(fig: = search) → sichten, durchgehen; (= separate)trennen
vi (fig)sieben; to sift through the evidencedas Beweismaterial durchgehen; a sifting processein Siebeverfahren nt

sift

[sɪft]
1. vt (flour, sand) → setacciare; (coal) → passare al crivello (fig) (evidence) → vagliare
to sift out (truth) → separare
2. vi (fig) to sift throughesaminare minuziosamente; (statement, evidence) → vagliare accuratamente

sift

(sift) verb
1. to separate by passing through a sieve etc. Sift the flour before making the cake.
2. to examine closely. He sifted the evidence carefully.
References in classic literature ?
I shall sift the matter to the bottom, and put a stop to such pranks at once.
It was, of course, not a thing even to be talked of lightly; it was a thing they would have to sift to the bottom.
And, with this eternal lesson written in your soul, do you ask me to sift new wisdom for you out of my petty existence of two or three centuries?
As the breezes sport with the chaff upon some goodly threshing-floor, when men are winnowing--while yellow Ceres blows with the wind to sift the chaff from the grain, and the chaff-heaps grow whiter and whiter--even so did the Achaeans whiten in the dust which the horses' hoofs raised to the firmament of heaven, as their drivers turned them back to battle, and they bore down with might upon the foe.
The result, in the form in which he in all humility presented it, would be scarcely comprehensible to the reader, so that I have ventured to trim and sift it.
We must sift this clear somehow," and he sighed to himself, for he believed in his "Shikarris," did the Colonel.
I've known a derelict up-end and sift her engines out of herself and flicker round the Lower Lanes for three weeks on her forward tanks only.
And she was sent into the kitchen, and made to fetch wood and water, to blow the fire, pluck the poultry, pick the herbs, sift the ashes, and do all the dirty work.
That's why I want to sift the matter to the bottom.
Vitus's Dance - found, as I expected, that I had that too, - began to get interested in my case, and determined to sift it to the bottom, and so started alphabetically - read up ague, and learnt that I was sickening for it, and that the acute stage would commence in about another fortnight.
It is your business to sift this affair to the bottom.
It's true enough in the main,' he said, 'master, I could sift grain from husk here and there, but let it be as 'tis.